What is Vertigo, Motion Sickness, and the Migraine Syndrome?


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"Whoa! The room started spinning again! I just caught myself in time. I was walking into the kitchen and as I turned, it happened. I closed my eyes as the room was whirling around. I've been noticing this more lately.

Sometimes it lasts longer and I will even get sick on my stomach. There must be something wrong with my inner ear or brain. I am going to the doctor and ask him why do I feel this way?"

I can remember a patient that I treated in the early 1980's with similar complaints. She also had a lot of neck symptoms. In fact, on neck X-ray she had some worn out discs. Her vertigo (room spinning and dizziness) were at the time her neck bothered her the most.

I knew there was a correlation between the neck hurting and the vertigo, but I could not figure it out. It was not until years later when I finally understood what was happening. Migraines, which can present as neck pain, can cause vertigo and motion sickness. I was beginning to understand the migraine syndrome.

This person falls into the migraine syndrome profile. Let me explain what I mean by the syndrome. It is the outward expression of the body's sensitivity to light, sound, smell, food, and/or stress. Some people are more sensitive than others; therefore, their reactions to different stimuli are greater.

This sensitivity can be manifested in the body as migraines, sinus headaches, neck aches, palpitations, irritable bowel syndrome, motion sickness or vertigo, reactive hypoglycemia, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), panic attacks, and/or fibromyalgia.

Now that's a mouthful! Understanding what is going on with you is very important in the healing process.

About the author:

J. Wes Tanner, MD, is a family practice and headache specialist who has been treating people for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in treating migraines and fibromyalgia with excellent success. In Doctor, Why Do I Feel This Way?, Dr. Tanner exposes the secrets and myths about fibromyalgia and the migraine syndrome. To find out more, go to http://www.migrainesyndrome.net

What is a Migraine?
It is estimated that up to 26 million Americans suffer from Migraine headaches and it is considered one of the top reasons for missed work and loss of production. Among these, 8 million suffer from debilitating pain every year. These attacks render them incapacitated to the point that they can no longer perform their daily activities.

In fact, about 60 million work days are collectively lost every year, costing the United States some 17 billion dollars because of the lost time and medical expenses. More women than men suffer from migraine.

A debilitating Migraine headache can last from 4 to 72 hours and can be accompanied by intense pain, extreme sensitivity to light and sound, vertigo, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. After affects of a migraine can leave the sufferer drained and without energy accompanied by a low grade headache with oversensitivity to light and sound and can last for another 24 hours.

Most Migraine headaches sufferers cannot identify what triggers the headaches and a long and varied list exists that differs with each individual. The same factors do not necessarily trigger a Migraine on a consistent basis either. Statistically, women are more prone to Migraines than men with claims that the decline in estrogen during menstruation is the trigger and the onset can begin immediately to a few days delay.

Though all migraines are headaches, all headaches are not migraines. There can be many causes like high blood pressure, cervical spondylosis and poor eyesight being a few. So every one with headaches should not think he is suffering from migraine.

The broad criterion of diagnosis is if you have two or more of the following symptoms during a attack it is probable you are suffering from migraine
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